United States military killed nearly 500 civilians in 2017 - Pentagon report

US military killed almost 500 civilians in 2017- Pentagon report

"[The Department of Defense] assesses that there are credible reports of approximately 499 civilians killed and approximately 169 civilians injured during 2017", reads the Pentagon's report to Congress, as per CNN.

The counter-terrorism report said the DoD had "no credible reports" of civilian casualties due to us military actions in Libya or Somalia in 2017.

However, the report adds that "more than 450 reports of civilian casualties from 2017 remained to be assessed", meaning the number of civilian casualties caused by U.S. military operations could go up.

The report asserted that "although civilian casualties are a tragic and unavoidable part of war, no force in history has been more committed to limiting harm to civilians than the USA military".

According to Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, the death toll the Pentagon is owning up to-a month late-seems "astonishingly low", calling the administration's "methodology, investigation, and credibility into question". To date, the Coalition has conceded 93 events in which it confirms having killed or injured civilians during 2017-up from 58 such confirmed events for 2016.

The coalition said Friday its airstrikes in Syria and Iraq had "unintentionally" killed 892 civilians since its bombing campaign began almost four years ago.

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Of the other potential civilian casualty reports reviewed, the coalition said 149 were deemed non-credible and five were redundant.

The Pentagon said that it takes a number of steps to avoid civilian casualties, and to compensate families of civilians killed by American strikes. "This further undermines their credibility".

"NGO reports of strikes attributed to the US military, particularly their identification of civilian deaths, may be further complicated by the deliberate spread of misinformation by some actors, including terrorist organizations", Major Harris said.

The yearly publication of the report has been mandatory since former president Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2016.

According to another official report released this week by the United States Central Command, at least 892 civilians have been killed by coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria since the campaign against Islamic State (ISIS, formerly IS/ISIL) began there in 2014.

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